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March 25, 2010

NH Rep. Mary Cooney Receives Humane Legislator Award

House passes bill to prohibit live dog racing

The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to announce that New Hampshire state Rep. Mary Cooney, D-Grafton, has received a Humane State Legislator of the Year for 2009. Each year, The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, recognizes state lawmakers across the country who have initiated path-breaking animal protection legislation and demonstrably advanced reform in the policy-making arena.

Rep. Cooney received the award for her leadership in the introduction of a bill to criminalize live greyhound racing, HB 630, which passed the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 245-113. It will now move on to the Senate for consideration.

"The Humane Society of the United States is tremendously pleased to honor Representative Cooney with this award, and to acknowledge her humane leadership on animal welfare issues," said Joanne Bourbeau, New Hampshire senior state director for The HSUS. "New Hampshire prides itself on being a family friendly state, and allowing an industry that forces greyhounds to endure lives of confinement and injuries to continue goes against the values of the Granite State."

"Greyhound racing is an exploitative industry, causing injury and death to countless dogs in New Hampshire and throughout the country," said Rep. Cooney. "I do not believe anyone would want their own dog to be kept in the same conditions as the racing dogs are. I am proud we will join other New England states like Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts in ending greyhound racing."

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